Here's a display idea that...
- is self-serve instant-gratification readers advisory
- increases circulation
- can ease the "pain" customers feel while waiting on a long holds list
Oshkosh Public Library used this display of readalikes for recent bestsellers that have 30+ holds:
They created a list of titles to re-stock the display as books get checked out, and they're happy to share the list with you. It's a Word document, so you can edit and adapt it to use at your library.
Tip: if you promote these readalikes on your library's website, make sure to turn each title into a link to the item's bibliographic record in the catalog. And consider creating some Pinterest boards of readalikes, like this one by Salt Lake County Library.